There's an ugly activity going on in the music industry these days. National record companies are suing individuals for violating copyrights by illegally downloading songs off the Internet. If a minor did the illegal downloading, the record companies are holding parents and grandparents accountable.
I've often said, "If you do something illegal, you are responsible for what happens next." So I only have a certain amount of sympathy for those who get caught stealing music.
But...even though the recording industry has every right to protect its property, they seem to be doing so by playing the bully only against people who are in no position to have it out with them in a court of law.
Since even the possibility of defeat for these people could spell financial ruin, the recording giants are coercing them into "settling" for far more than necessary. Of the 11 suits settled in Kentucky last year, payments ranged from $4,700 to $8,300!
This certainly appears to me to be classic predatory behavior, but what can we do about it?
Well, first of all: Don't steal.
And if you used to steal music but you've stopped...pray that you stay off the industry's radar. Or at least pray you have a bankroll that'll scare them into picking on another little guy instead.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.